AfricaNow! September 27, 2017
Topics: Hurricane Maria Ravages the Caribbean and African Heritage in Bahia Brazil
Topics and Guests: As AfricaNow! noted a couple of weeks ago, the month of August and early September 2017 witnessed heavier than expected rainfall in numerous places across the globe. In areas in Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and the United States rains brought massive flooding, displacement of people and deaths. Hurricane Harvey caused the deaths of 70 people in Texas. Its successor, Hurricane Irma in early September was attributed to 102 deaths. Hurricane Irma devastated southeastern United States particularly Florida. Irma’s wrath in the Caribbean was particularly felt in Anguilla, Barbuda, British and U.S. Virgin Islands, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and St. Martin. As if that was not enough last week the Caribbean was by devastated again by Hurricane Maria—particularly Dominica, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Turks and Caicos, and U.S. Virgin Islands. Today with the assistance of Mr. Von Martin AfricaNow! focuses on the impact of Hurricane Maria on the Caribbean. The show features interviews from Caribbeana on WPFW on Saturday on September 23. The segment features a representative from Rebuild Dominica and reports from Dominica. Mr. Von Martin is Host and Executive Producer of Caribbeana on WPFW 89.3 in Washington, DC. Vonulrick “Von” Martin, has a track record of not only being a ‘community’ man but a professional media broadcaster with a career spanning over 45 years.
AfricaNow! continues to highlight the International Decade for People of African Descent—which is from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2024—we feature the African heritage in Bahia Brazil. As you know after Nigeria Brazil is the second largest country of African descendant people in world. Recently Professor Narlan Teixeira of George Washington University discussed the African heritage in Bahia at an event sponsored by Howard University and the Embassy of Brazil. Professor Teixeira dissects the constant resistance movement within African people in Bahia to maintain their culture and heritage in midst of a system that consistently marginalizes them. Professor Narlan Teixeira is a specialist in Brazilian literature and culture—specifically, the genesis of Post-Modernism in Brazil as well as its association with counterculture and the Tropicália movement—and has a wide range of research interests beyond this. Dr. Teixeira is currently a professor in the romance, German and Slavic language department at George Washington University.
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